Friday, September 21, 2012

Choosing a Live Band or DJ for Your Wedding

As important as your wedding day is, there are only a few elements that your guests will take away and remember for years: the food and the music.  As much as we all love a good meal, I think it was Shakespeare who said it best, "If music be the food of love, play on…" It's the music that truly has the power to make or break the wedding reception so choosing who should play at your wedding is a huge decision to make.

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The live band or DJ that you pick to entertain at your wedding can either enhance your wedding or spoil the celebration. It is imperative you choose a live band or DJ who is competent enough to ensure that your guests and you have a wonderful time. A good live band or DJ is able to sense the atmosphere and adjust the tempo and style of music keep the party going. The most important tip is to make sure that you see them perform live before you commit to hiring their services. Most live bands or DJ gain popularity through their performances at events other weddings. To find a live band or DJ may be difficult at first but if that you enjoyed a band or DJ at the wedding of a friend or family members or some other event then that is a great start.

#1. Consider the Wedding Atmosphere

It definitely goes without saying that a live band will produce a bigger sound and create more of an effect than a DJ ever could. Some bands are quite lively and get right into the spirit of the moment. At one minute they'll be playing a soft ballad for the bride and groom's first dance and at the next minute they'll be jazzing it up to get everybody on their feet. If you can find a fun and energetic band for your wedding the atmosphere can get quite electrifying.

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#2. View a Band Live or DJ Before Booking Them

Unfortunately most professional wedding bands do not have live public performances that you can view them at. It is always worth asking though as you may be able to view them at another wedding or possibly a public showcase if they have one.

The Selection of Music 

The next consideration is the selection of music. Most live bands that regularly perform at weddings have a set of known songs as well as perhaps some of their own compositions. This list is not as long as the list of recorded music that the DJ has, which with modern computer technology may run into thousands of music tracks(Click here to see: Choosing the Perfect Music for Your Wedding Day). While this may not seem that important because there can only be so many songs played during the wedding, if guests request individual songs there is a greater limit to the live bands repertoire. Another consideration is that a DJ is capable of keeping the wedding guests entertained for the entire duration of the wedding. Bands however often play for approximately 30 minutes at a time and then take a break which could interrupt the flow of the wedding celebrations.

#4. Think about the Entertainment Value

Entertainment value is another huge aspect to think about.  When you pay for a DJ or a live band, as stated above, you're not only paying them to play the music but you are paying for their talent, as well.  A good leader will be the master of ceremonies and get your crowd to slip on their dancing shoes.  This is something huge to consider and can be the key to having guests with happy feet or not.  One of the perks of a live band is that they are already considered to be performers and audience interaction should come fairly easily.  However, a DJ can come with a pretty stellar personality, too, so viewing each act in action before booking is necessary.

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#5. Determine Your Budget

Your budget is another thing to consider when deciding between a live band or wedding DJ.  In general, a DJ will cost less on an hourly basis than a live band due to the nature of the act.  A DJ is usually a one person act so you are paying for one person, their talent and the use of their equipment.  With a live band, you are paying for each person in the band, their talent (and equipment), and amount of time you want them to play.  So, the more people/pieces in your act, the higher the price you will pay.

  • Start looking early for wedding entertainment. The best DJs and wedding bands in your area are likely to be booked months in advance, especially for holiday weekends.
  • Remember that live bands usually take several breaks during the course of most wedding receptions.

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